BARAN – Catherina Baran, beloved wife for 64 years of John Baran, passed away in Brooks on October 24th, 1998 at the age of 88 years.
Born in Kobylnica, Western Ukraine on November 10th, 1909 Catherina came to Canada with her family homesteading in the Foam Lake, Saskatchewan area. She married on February 4th, 1934 and her husband John was employed with the CPR. They resided in numerous places in Saskatchewan before coming to Patricia in 1950. She resided there until entering the Brooks Health Centre Long Term Care unit in 1996. Mrs. Baran loved doing handicrafts, especially needlework and hand painting Easter Eggs. She was an avid curler when health permitted and enjoyed cards with her friends. She will be best remembered for the love she had for her family; her love for children; her quiet, gentle compassion, her generosity and for her sense of humor.
An infant daughter Marie, infant grandson Sean, her parents and brothers John, Walter and Mikal predeceased Catherina.
Besides her cherished husband she is also survived by her loving children Olga Reade and her husband Glenn of Westerose, Alberta, Lesia Sherwin and her husband Bernie of Elk Point, Alberta and John Baran and his wile Shirley of Patricia; grandchildren Maurianne (Craig), Dylan (Susan), Elan (Frank), Devin (Cindy), Tamara, David, Lisa (Elbert), Kari (Dale) and Mark; great-grandchildren Andrew, Darlene, Elizabeth, Elbert Jr. and Ellen; sisters Mary Kulik of Calgary and Phyllis Bell of Winnipeg; brother Mike (Nettie) of Foam Lake and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services were held at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 27th from Smith Memorial Chapel. Father Mark Bayrock of St. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church, Lethbridge officiated.
Pallbearers were David Sherwin, Mark Baran, Dylan Reade, Devin Reade, Dale Wilson and Elbert Beekman. Interment followed at Brooks Cemetery.
In memory of Catherina if friends desire memorial tributes may be made to Griffin Dreams, Box 2122, Brooks, AB. T1R 1C8. Arrangements in care of Smith Funeral Home. Telephone 362-4636.
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BARAN- John Baran Sr. was born on the 7th day of the 7th month of the 7th year. Dad was looking forward to his 100th birthday in 2007. He came to Canada in 1928 as a farm laborer, but soon joined the CPR, retiring after 42 years, having worked in Saskatchewan and Alberta. Dad was a multi talented man; he could repair or create. A resourceful man, strong, resilient, independent and self reliant, he was our “Rock”. He was respected by family and friends, and by the men who worked for him. He believed in fairness and equality for the common man, and strived to improve working conditions for his men. The Arts were also in his life. An amateur actor in his youth, he also played the violin and accordion, much to the delight of generations of children in our family. His great grand children will remember this, as well as the Frisbee game they had with him on his 99th birthday. Dad loved curling, hockey and football his garden, and especially his family. His knowledge, in particular of history, never ceased to amaze us. Yet, at 99, he was still avid to learn more. Living at home until his entry into hospital, he was alert with an excellent mind to his passing. Dad enjoyed the independence and freedom that he wanted. He was certainly an inspiration to all of us; a principled man who stressed education and left us a legacy of character, ability dependability fortitude and humor. An adventurer in youth, and an anchor in age He was predeceased by Mom, his wife of 64 years, infant daughter Marie infant grandson Sean Paul. He is survived by his sister Rosie (Ukraine), 3 children, John (Shirley), Lesia (Bernie) and Olga (Glenn); 9 grandchildren, Lisa (Elbert) and Kari (Dale), and Mark; Tamara and David Joel Maurianne (Craig) Dylan (Susan) Elan (Frank), Devin (Cindy). He also leaves 11 great grandchildren, Andrew Darlene, Elizabeth and Elbert John; Mackenzie and Stephen, Ellen and Amanda, Duncan and Clairissa, and Katrina. Our sincerest gratitude to neighbors and friends for their kindness to Dad over the years, To the nurses and doctors at Brooks Hospital, we can’t thank you enough for your care and compassion. To dear “sister” Shirley, words cannot sufficiently express our love and gratitude. You were not only a daughter to Dad but also a friend. Funeral services were held at 2:00 PM on Wednesday, February 7th from Smith Memorial Chapel. Father Mark Bayrock officiated. Active Pallbearers were Mark Baran, Dylan Reade, Devin Reade, David Sherwin, Craig Maxwell and Dale Wilson. Interment followed at Brooks Cemetery. In Memory of John, if friends desire, memorial tributes may be made to the Brooks and District Health Foundation for Palliative Care Bag 300 Brooks T1R 1B3 Arrangements in care of SMITH FUNERAL HOME. Telephone 362-4636 or Toll Free (866) 362-4652.